HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: High Time for Heroes: Magic Tree House #51
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Sal Murdocca
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 7 – 10
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Osborne, Mary Pope. High Time for Heroes: Magic Tree House #51 (published in 2014 by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York City, NY). Jack and Annie of Frogtown, PA, are still seeking the secrets of greatness for Merlin. This time they go to Thebes, Egypt in 1849 or 1850 to meet the great nurse, Florence Nightingale, who with her friends Selina and Charles Bracebridge is on a tourist trip to Egypt that served as the inspiration for the choices which made her both famous and beloved. However, Florence is still a young woman who has not yet become a nurse. How can Jack and Annie ever learn any secret of greatness from her at this point in her life?
The euphemistic term “darn” is used once by Annie, and there is a reference to Egyptian men smoking a water pipe. Otherwise, the story is full of excitement, adventure, and a little bit of danger. It even gives an educational view of Florence Nightingale’s visit in Egypt. The book is easy to read and would be appropriate for second to fourth grade boys and girls, as Jack and Annie try to find the third of four secrets of greatness. The plot is simple to follow, and young readers will be able readily to visualize and connect with the characters.